Climbing CV

My travel high points

“I believe we so far forgot ourselves as to shake hands on it.”H.W. Tilman, on reaching the summit of Nanda Devi.

Well, OK, it’s not what some people would call a climbing CV, which is why I’ve also given it the subtitle my travel high points. You won’t find any difficult technical routes in the Alps on this list. That’s because I’m more of a walker than a climber, but I have an interest in high altitude mountaineering and from time to time I go up big mountains involving a modest amount of climbing. Mingled with the summits and high camps on this list you will find a few high passes on treks that I’ve been lucky enough to complete.

Here are my top high points in order of altitude.

 

1. Everest, Tibet | 19 May 2012 | 8848m (29029 ft)1. Everest, Tibet

19 May 2012

8,848m (29,029ft)

 

 

2. Manaslu, Nepal | 5 October 2011 | 8163m (26781 ft)2. Manaslu, Nepal

5 October 2011

8,163m (26,781ft)

 

 

3. Muztag Ata, China | 18 August 2007 | 7546m (24757 ft)3. Muztag Ata, China

18 August 2007

7,546m (24,757ft)

Photo: Juliet Edwards

 

4. Camp 2, Cho Oyu, Tibet | 21 September 2010 | 7150m (23458 ft)4. Camp 2, Cho Oyu, Tibet

21 September 2010

7,150m (23,458ft)

 

 

5. North Col, Everest, Tibet | 13 May 2007 | 7060m (23163 ft)5. North Col, Everest, Tibet

13 May 2007

7,060m (23,163ft)

 

 

6. North Summit, Lhakpa Ri, Tibet | 11 May 2007 | 7005m (22982 ft)6. North Summit, Lhakpa Ri, Tibet

11 May 2007

7,005m (22,982ft)

Photo: Jeremy ‘Bunter’ Anson

 

7. Aconcagua, Argentina | 31 December 2010 | 6959m (22831 ft)7. Aconcagua, Argentina

31 December 2010

6,959m (22,831ft)

 

 

8. Peak Lenin, Kyrgyzstan | 4 August 2015 | 6900m (22638 ft)8. Lower summit plateau, Peak Lenin, Kyrgyzstan

4 August 2015

6,900m (22,638ft)

 

 

8. Mera North, Mera Peak, Nepal | 4 May 2009 | 6476m (21247 ft)9. Mera North, Mera Peak, Nepal

4 May 2009

6,476m (21,247ft)

 

 

9. Mera Central, Mera Peak, Nepal | 4 May 2009 | 6461m (21198 ft)10. Mera Central, Mera Peak, Nepal

4 May 2009

6,461m (21,198ft)

 

 

10. Mera Central, Mera Peak, Nepal | 31 October 2004 | 6461m (21198 ft)11. Mera Central, Mera Peak, Nepal

31 October 2004

6,461m (21,198ft)

Photo: Huw Davies

 

A pained expression on my face after being turned back at El Dedo, still 500m short of the summit12. El Dedo, Aconcagua, Argentina

1 January 2006

6,460m (21,194 ft)

 

 

Camp 2, Gasherbrum I, Pakistan13. Camp 2, Gasherbrum I, Pakistan

1 August 2009

6,440m (2,1129 ft)

 

 

Me on the summit of Cholatse last week, but can you spot anything funny about the photo?14. Cholatse, Nepal

4 November 2014

6,440m (21,129 ft)

 

 

Camp 2, Baruntse, Nepal15. Camp 2, Baruntse, Nepal

28 October 2010

6,425m (21,079 ft)

 

 

Camp 2, Gasherbrum II, Pakistan16. Camp 2, Gasherbrum II, Pakistan

12 July 2009

6,420m (21,063 ft)

 

 

Me and Edita on the summit of Chimborazo (6310m)17. Chimborazo, Ecuador

4 January 2016

6,310m (20,702 ft)

 

 

Here I am on the summit of Island Peak with climbing guide Dawa Bhote. As you can see, 8516m Lhotse towering behind us makes 6189m Island Peak seem a bit piddling.18. Island Peak, Nepal

10 May 2009

6,189m (20,305 ft)

 

 

Stok Kangri, India19. Stok Kangri, India

17 August 2005

6,114m (20,059 ft)

 

 

Chulu Far East, Nepal20. Chulu Far East, Nepal

1 November 2008

6,058m (19,875 ft)

 

 

Cotopaxi, Ecuador21. Cotopaxi, Ecuador

4 January 2010

5,897m (19,347 ft)

 

 

Mark Horrell and Edita Nichols on the summit of Kilimanjaro, 29 December 201622. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

29 December 2016

5,895m (19,341 ft)

 

 

I made it to the summit of Kilimanjaro, but how difficult was it? You will have to read the book to find out.23. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

17 October 2002

5,895m (19,341 ft)

 

 

Me on the summit of Cayambe (5790m)24. Cayambe, Ecuador

2 January 2016

5,790m (18,996 ft)

 

 

Antisana, Ecuador25. Antisana, Ecuador

30 December 2009

5,753m (18,875 ft)

 

 

Yangchan Kangri, India26. Yangchan Kangri, India

6 September 2007

5,710m (18,734 ft)

 

 

Camp 1, Pumori, Nepal27. Camp 1, Pumori, Nepal

23 April 2014

5,650m (18,537 ft)

 

 

West Peak, Elbrus, Russia28. West Peak, Elbrus, Russia

2 August 2012

5,642m (18,510 ft)

 

 

East Peak, Elbrus, Russia29. East Peak, Elbrus, Russia

2 August 2012

5,621m (18,442 ft)

 

 

Pico de Orizaba, Mexico30. Pico de Orizaba, Mexico

30 December 2008

5,611m (18,409 ft)

 

 

27. Ishinca, Peru 15 July 2014 5530m (18143 ft)31. Ishinca, Peru

15 July 2014

5,530m (18,143 ft)

 

 

Urus Este, Peru32. Urus Este, Peru

12 July 2014

5,480m (17,979 ft)

 

 

Thorong La, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal33. Thorong La, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

27 September 2006

5,416m (17,769 ft)

 

 

Ritacuba Blanco, Colombia34. Ritacuba Blanco, Colombia

29 December 2011

5,410m (17,749 ft)

 

 

Gokyo Ri, Nepal35. Gokyo Ri, Nepal

14 May 2009

5,360m (17,585 ft)

 

 

32. Rinchen Zoe La, Bhutan 4 October 2009 5326m (17474 ft)36. Rinchen Zoe La, Snowman Trek, Bhutan

4 October 2009

5,326m (17,474 ft)

 

 

Camp 4, Denali, United States37. Camp 4, Denali, United States

29 June 2013

5,250m (17,224 ft)

 

 

Iztaccihuatl, Mexico38. Iztaccihuatl, Mexico

26 December 2008

5,220m (17,126 ft)

 

 

Edita and me on the summit of Iliniza Norte (5126m)39. Iliniza Norte, Ecuador

30 December 2015

5,126m (16,818 ft)

Photo: Edita Nichols

 

Iliniza Norte, Ecuador40. Iliniza Norte, Ecuador

27 December 2009

5,126m (16,818 ft)

 

 

Mt Stanley, Uganda41. Mount Stanley, Uganda

25 December 2006

5,109m (16,762 ft)

 

 

Me at Punta Cuyoc (5030m), the highest point on the Huayhuash Circuit, during one of my very first high altitude treks in 2002. At the time it was the highest I had ever been.42. Punta Cuyoc, Huayhuash Circuit, Peru

16 July 2002

5,030m (16,503 ft)

 

 

Cerro Bonete, Argentina43. Cerro Bonete, Argentina

23 December 2005

5,005m (16,421 ft)

 

 

Pt Lenana, Mt Kenya, Kenya44. Pt Lenana, Mount Kenya, Kenya

9 October 2002

4,985m (16,355 ft)

 

 

Mt Speke, Uganda45. Mount Speke, Uganda

23 December 2006

4,890m (16,043 ft)

 

 

Mt Baker, Uganda46. Mount Baker, Uganda

27 December 2006

4,843m (15,889 ft)

 

 

Me and Edita on the summit of Corazon (4790m)47. Corazón, Ecuador

28 December 2015

4,790m (15,715 ft)

 

 

Nevado de Toluca, Mexico48. Nevado de Toluca, Mexico

23 December 2008

4,691m (15,390 ft)

 

 

Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador49. Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador

23 December 2009

4,680m (15,354 ft)

 

 

Ruminahui Central, Ecuador50. Rumiñahui Central, Ecuador

24 December 2009

4,634m (15,203 ft)

 

 

Laurebinayak La, Nepal51. Laurebinayak La, Nepal

7 June 2007

4,610m (15,125 ft)

 

 

Mark Horrell and Edita Nichols on the summit of Mount Meru, 24 December 201652. Mount Meru, Tanzania

24 December 2016

4,566m (14,980 ft)

 

 

Ras Dashen, Ethiopia53. Ras Dashen, Ethiopia

30 December 2004

4,533m (14,872 ft)

 

 

Bwahit, Ethiopia54. Bwahit, Ethiopia

29 December 2004

4,430m (14,534 ft)

 

 

Volcan Tajumulco in Guatemala was as memorable a summit as any55. Volcán Tajumulco, Guatemala

2 January 2013

4,220m (13,845 ft)

 

 

Me and Edita on the summit of Pasochoa Norte (4185m)56. Pasochoa Norte, Ecuador

27 December 2015

4,185m (13,730 ft)

Photo: Edita Nichols

 

Me, Ernie and Omar on the summit of Jebel Toubkal (4167m), the highest mountain in Morocco57. Jebel Toubkal, Morocco

24 December 2014

4,167m (13,671 ft)

 

 

I first climbed Jebel Toubkal in July 2003. This time of year the summit will be snow-capped.58. Jebel Toubkal, Morocco

31 July 2003

4,167m (13,671 ft)

 

 

Ouanoukrim, Morocco59. Ouanoukrim, Morocco

25 December 2014

4,089m (13,415 ft)

 

 

Gran Paradiso, Italy60. Gran Paradiso, Italy

16 August 2003

4,061m (13,323 ft)